Floyd County Gets Hit by Another Storm Wiping Out Farmers' Crops Completely - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/11/03

Floyd County Gets Hit by Another Storm Wiping Out Farmers' Crops Completely

Storms ripped through Floyd county once again Tuesday night. Bringing terrential rains, 65 mph winds, and golf ball sized hail that covered the ground in a snow like blanket. Evidence caught on tape by a NewsChannel 11 stormchaser.  After the storm was over uprooted trees, downed power lines, and levelled cotton fields are all that remain.

"We had sustained winds of 80 miles per hour over 30 minutes and gusts over 100 and it's hard for any crop to survive that," says Floyd County cotton farmer, Dan Smith.

Smith is a 4th generation cotton farmer and even though most of his crop was already gone, he watched as mother nature put the finishing touches on wiping out the rest. "You get nervous you get a tight feeling in your stomach," says Dan.

That's what it's like to lose 2,000 acres of cotton, weeks of work and millions of dollars. Dan's half-mile long pivot sprinkler system was also overturned and damaged. "Unfortunately I parked it east to west and when it took that 110 mile per hour wind out of the north it didn't have much of a chance," says Dan.

And now it's time to pick up the pieces. "As far as crop damage I've had it this bad before unfortunately several times I think that was the most violent wind I've ever been through," says Dan.

With more than 170,000 acres of cotton gone with the wind, Floyd county farmers have a lot of work left to do.  Damage estimates have not yet been tallied for the South Plains. But already hundreds of thousands of acres have been lost, with major damage in Floyd county. So far, estimates of lost cotton are at $500,000.

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